China treasury bond futures close mixed Wednesday

BEIJING, Oct. 11 -- China's treasury bond futures closed mixed on Wednesday, with the contract for settlement in December 2017 closing 0.05 percent lower at 97.41 yuan (about 14.8 U.S. dollars).

The contract for settlement in March 2018 contract closed 0.01 percent higher at 97.72 yuan.

The contracts are agreements to buy or sell treasury bonds at a predetermined price and set date. They allow investors to bet on and profit from the movements in the value of the bonds.

The treasury bond futures were launched at the Shanghai-based China Financial Futures Exchange and started trading on Sept. 6, 2013.